Follow the Money: Tar Sands Edition

Vivian Krause, a Canadian blogger, has been following the money on the well-funded campaign against Canadian oil sands production and export.  On this side of the border, we see the campaign as the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, a project designed to take Canadian crude to U.S. markets as far south as the Gulf Coast.

Ms. Krause has traced more than $10 million in funds from the Tides Foundation of San Francisco over a two-year period (2009 and 2010) to more than 40 groups opposed to Canadian oil.  Popping out on her list of recipients are two Minnesota groups:  No. 17, Fresh Energy, received $110,000 in 2009 and No. 21, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA), received a total of $60,000 over the two years.

Ms. Krause documented some of her earlier findings in Canada’s Financial Post.  Of course, you don’t have to take her word for it, Tides documents all of their 2009 and 2010 (and other years) grantees on their website.

Let no one say that the folks behind Tides have not received value for money.  Fresh Energy features the campaign against the Keystone pipeline and Canadian oil prominently on its website and in coverage on its affiliated Midwest Energy News website.  Here is an example.  Midwest Energy News links to this article on Inside Climate News which quotes Friends of the Earth ($160,000 Tides recipient).  Par for the course, I guess. MCEA has been doing its bit, too, featuring the Keystone controversy on its blog.